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  • #15050
     robroy289 
    Participant

    I had noticed the last month that half way through a tat my hand would go numb!! Well, i thought this was the weight of my machine so i switched to a lighter machine.. It helped some! But the last couple nights it has started again. And i mean it goes so numb i can’t feel my fingers!!! I have been tattooing for 2 years and haven’t had this problem.. My question is, has anyone else had this and how are they coping with it???

  • #21878
     nytemareh 
    Participant

    I use a big grip. Stretch your wrist and fingers often. See a doctor to make sure it nothing serious.

  • #21879
     mussie 
    Member

    check out carpel tunnel syndrome, it’s nerve damage in the wrist due to vibration’s and other repetitive strain’s. it could also be Raynaud’s which is blood flow issues to the hands, there is no known cure for this but there are products that can help with the sympton’s. both are very common problems. good luck with it :)

  • #21880
     robroy289 
    Participant

    Thanks guys!!

  • #21881
     Jester 
    Participant

    @mussie wrote:

    check out carpel tunnel syndrome

    If it’s carpel tunnel syndrome, your first two fingers. the inside of your thumb, and half of you ring fonger will go numb.
    Sounds weird, but trust me, I’ve already had the surgery on both hands. Depending on the severity, you’ll lose about 1/3
    of the grip strength in you hand. I have been wanting to learn tattooing for a long time, but I had to wait until I got my
    wrists fixed before I could start. Good luck!!

  • #21882
     mussie 
    Member

    @jester wrote:

    @mussie wrote:

    check out carpel tunnel syndrome

    If it’s carpel tunnel syndrome, your first two fingers. the inside of your thumb, and half of you ring fonger will go numb.
    Sounds weird, but trust me, I’ve already had the surgery on both hands. Depending on the severity, you’ll lose about 1/3
    of the grip strength in you hand. I have been wanting to learn tattooing for a long time, but I had to wait until I got my
    wrists fixed before I could start. Good luck!!

    that sucks, really hope you get your grip and strength back; will a large grip on a machine not help you? carpel tunnel can manifest in a few ways, i first came across it a few years ago and a nail technician had to give up work as she damaged the nerve and suffered shakes from the wrist, numbness like you said is also another symptom. good luck mate hope you get sorted :)

  • #21883
     Rees 
    Member

    @nytemareh wrote:

    I use a big grip. Stretch your wrist and fingers often. See a doctor to make sure it nothing serious.

    I had this problem originally when I used 1/2″ grips, since moving to some supersize 1″, I haven’t had the problem. They’re pretty clunky, but I can relax my hand alot more rather than putting a death grip on it like I had to with the smaller one.

  • #21884
     robroy289 
    Participant

    Thanks to all of you’re guys for youre help….

  • #21885
     FrancoLewis 
    Member

    It’s really better if you’ll see a doctor before it gets goes worst.

  • #21886
     RogerRockit 
    Member

    I’ve noticed the same thing. In my case, I work by day in a factory, using large pneumatic guns, working overhead. So I probably do have a touch of carpal tunnel, but not severe enough for surgery. Stretch often, use a larger grip, and in my case, I’m giving rotaries a try to reduce weight and vibration.

  • #21887
     LittleQueen 
    Participant

    Sometimes the numbness can also be caused by a pinched nerve up higher (like in your shoulders and neck). If you’re hunched over try stretching a few times and maybe changing positions a couple times. The nerves in your arm are a big mess already and pinching them is super common (i’m also a massage therapist and have seen it lots).

  • #21888
     sirscratchalot 
    Member

    Hey,

    I had the same problem when i first started, i found that using a gorilla grip( rubber grip ) slid over the top of my alluminium tube grip helped alot! That was when i was using coil machines, now converted to rottary swash drive whip, lighter, minimal vibration and no problem!

  • #21889
     RogerRockit 
    Member

    @sirscratchalot wrote:

    now converted to rottary swash drive whip, lighter, minimal vibration and no problem!

    Nice. I’ve switched to rotary myself, currently learning on a pretty cheap version (similar to the Stealth), but my next machine purchase will be a Swashdrive Whip.

  • #21890
     Rees 
    Member

    I happen to have one for sale right now. pm me if your interested.

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